Case # 14NF4890

Date: March 3, 2017


SANTA ANA, Calif – A man was convicted today of stabbing and murdering his mother’s boyfriend outside of a residence in Anaheim. Ruben Martinez, 29, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of first degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 52 yearsto life in state prison. The court will hear a bifurcated trial on Martinez’s prior strike conviction for carjacking in 2009 in Fullerton and a prior conviction for the unlawful taking of a vehicle in 2008 in Riverside County, for which he served a prison term, at his sentencing on May 12, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-44, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2014, Martinez stabbed 52-year-old Maximino F. multiple times in the torso region while they were outside a home in a neighborhood in unincorporated Anaheim. The crime was reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) who arrived at the scene and discovered the victim’s body on a street near the home. The victim died as a result of his injuries. OCSD arrested the defendant at the scene.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.